Sep 23, 2005

Canon PowerShot SD550 Digital ELPH

Consumers who want a good-looking, compact camera and don't care much about image quality might like the Canon PowerShot SD550. The A very well-designed, 7-megapixel snapshot camera. Just don't look for advanced controls.

Digital Camera Resource Page have reviewed the Canon PowerShot SD550 Digital ELPH and said-
"The SD550 packs quite a few features in its compact body, though it's a bit short on manual controls (the only ones are for white balance and slow shutter speeds). On the front of the camera you'll find a very powerful flash and an AF-assist lamp, which gives the camera good low light focusing performance. Inside the camera you'll find a snappy and easy-to-use interface with features like "My Colors", which lets you swap or highlight colors, among other things. Other features included an unlimited continuous shooting mode and the ability to record movies at 640 x 480 at 30 frames/second. The only problem with the movie mode is that the 1GB file size limit is reached in just eight minutes -- perhaps it's time for Canon to consider another codec so movies can be longer?

Camera performance is excellent in almost all areas. The camera starts up quickly and shoots and plays back your photos almost instantly. Autofocus speeds aren't as fast as, say, the Panasonic FX9, but it's still good. The SD550 supports the USB 2.0 High Speed standard, for fast transferring of photos to your Mac or PC. One area in which the camera falls short is in terms of battery life: while it's not terrible, the SD550 is quickly being passed by the competition.

Photo quality is very good on the SD550. Images are sharp, with accurate color and low purple fringing. Noise levels are a bit above average (given that this is a 7 Megapixel camera with a tiny sensor) and can be quite nasty at high ISOs. As is the case with most cameras, redeye is a problem on the SD550.

There really isn't much else to complain about. About the only thing I can come up with is the fact that you can't swap memory cards while the camera is on a tripod. Overall though, the SD550 is a heck of a compact point-and-shoot, and it gets my recommendation. "

Canon PowerShot SD550 Features:
* 16 shooting modes including My Color settings for customization while shooting
* 7.1-megapixel CCD captures enough detail for photo-quality 15 x 20-inch prints
* 2.5-inch LCD display; optical viewfinder; 3x optical zoom
* Shoot high-quality movies at up to 60 frames per second with Fast Frame Rate Movie Mode
* DIG!C II Image Processor for faster processing, vibrant colors, and excellent image quality
Canon DIF-100 Direct Interface Cable for Various Powershot Digital Cameras
Digital Concepts Universal Digital Camera Screen Protectors
Canon Metal Neck Strap 1 for All Elph Cameras
Canon ACK-900 AC Adapter for Powershot SD100, SD110, SD550 & SD500
PSC-50 Soft Leather Case for Canon SD400, SD450, SD550, SD500, SD300,
SD200, SD100, S500, S410, S400, S230 and S200 Digital Cameras

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